Sky at Night
Find out what to see in the night sky this month. What meteor showers are active now? Are there any comets to see? When is the next planetary conjunction?, Is there a solar or lunar eclipse soon?
The brightest planets in the solar system line up in the sky and you can spot conjunctions with just your eyes. Wrap up warm, head outside and look!
Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.
The Annual Draconid Meteor Shower occurs each year around Oct 8th when Earth passes through a minefield of dusty debris from Comet Giacobini-Zinner.
Earth is about to enter a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Expect between 5 to 20 meteors per hour around the peak dates.
The Geminid Meteor Shower (Geminids) are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13th and 14th on their calendars.